Saturday, November 29, 2008
Yesterday morning I watched the Capitol dome shrink and finally disappear altogether. I was watching from the window of the train, so don't worry, the Capitol dome is still there, it just looked like it was shrinking and disappearing.
It's always good to get out of town, even just for a day. The buzz of DC is something I've learned to ignore in the same way that people who live on busy streets learn to tune out the traffic sound. But anytime I find myself even a few miles beyond the perimeter of my beloved swamp, suddenly I realize there's a whole world out there that's completely different from DC's jaw-clenching, hard-working, power-loving feng shui.
It was a whirlwind tour of Philadelphia but it was an excellent tour, guided by someone who grew up there and knows it like the back of her hand. It was so much fun! Fun seeing old friends, fun touring Philly, (especially now that I've regained some hope for the soul of this country). It was a great day!
Just as fun as going out of town was coming back, seeing the Capitol dome grow from a tiny white dot to its full fledged hugeness, walking through Union Station, sleeping in my own bed where my dreamscape unfolded, as it always does, within the framework of the jaw-clenching vibe that I call home. There truly is no place like home.
Betsy Ross's house